The federal government should prioritise funding for place-based and wrap-around services to help people living in entrenched disadvantage, says a parliamentary committee.
While most Australians are able to get back on their feet quickly when presented with a challenge, “for some, the need for welfare ends up being long-term, and the impact on their wellbeing can be dire”, notes the final report of the Select Committee on Intergenerational Welfare Dependence.
Around 700,000 Australians are considered to be “living on the edge”.
SOURCE: David Donaldson. “Entrenched Disadvantage: place-based, wrap-around services ‘essential’.” The Mandarin, 26 March 2019.
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